LinkedIn has released its list of the most-used adjectives on its profiles in 2013, with "responsible" beating out 2011 and 2012's winning word, "creative."

Patience may be a virtue, but it's only popular as a LinkedIn buzzword in the U.S. Fifty percent of its appearances on the networking network come from American users.

Adjectives that LinkedIn users have loved and lost include "multinational," "experimental," and "motivated."

Buzzwords by location.

Marissa Mayer's endorsements. All very businesslike, her career in its entirety is there--bar the cupcakes spreadsheet, perhaps--but there is not much color there. But then, when did the Yahoo CEO have to use LinkedIn to further her professional life?

Stay minimal, stay classy. Richard Branson, a LinkedIn influencer, keeps it short and sweet.

Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn's CEO, knows about Awesomeness.

When documenting his interests, Bill Gates mixes both his professional and personal life, one in the eye for those who think that the two should be kept separate.

These Were The Most-Used Words On LinkedIn Profiles In 2013

Move over, "creative": In 2013, people would prefer to be seen as professionally "responsible."

LinkedIn has released its list of the most-used adjectives on its profiles in 2013, with "responsible" beating out 2011 and 2012's winning word, "creative." It's an analytical (10th on the list) study which, while not particularly innovative (9th)—how many end-of-year listicles does it take before the concept ceases to be effective (4th)? Be honest if you're being driven (8th) mad by them.

However, before you all rush to change your profiles, have a little patience (5th). Perhaps you should be a little bit more strategic (2nd)—according to LinkedIn's career expert (6th), Nicole Williams, a little bit of originality goes a long way, especially if you are in one of the creative (3rd) industries. "If you sound like everyone else, you won't stand out from other professionals vying for opportunities," she says. "Differentiate yourself by uniquely describing what you have accomplished in your career and back it up with concrete examples of your work by adding photos, videos and presentations to your profile that demonstrate your best work."

There's the full list of LinkedIn's buzzwords, none of which appear on any big-hitting creatives or business people's profiles. Do you agree with all or some of them, or do you think there are a number that are either redundant* or over-rated*? Perhaps the entity that is responsible (1st) for this is LinkedIn itself, whose many sections it exhorts its users to fill out means that the millions of profiles have turned the network into something of an organizational (7th) nightmare.

*Neither of these words made it on the list.

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  • ben_marko

    I've been using LinkedIn for awhile now, and it definitely seems more like a resume service with a small amount of Facebook thrown in. I know a lot of people use the discussion boards...but I usually don't find anything useful in there. It is either dry and boring or it's a means to vent. Plus the fact that one can endorse anyone for any kind of "expertise." Kind of takes the validity out of it.